LeBron James forced to miss end of Game 1 with cramps
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter June 6, 2014 12:24AM
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is helped from the court by guard Mario Chalmers (15), guard Dwyane Wade (3), Erik Spoelstra, front, right, and Rashard Lewis, right rear, during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
SAN ANTONIO — The heat may very well have turned the game.
No, not the team. The insanely hot temperatures Thursday at AT&T Arena during the Spurs’ 110-95 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which may have been affected by malfunctioning air condition.
Those conditions may have caused the cramps LeBron James experienced “near the whole left side” of his body, forcing him to miss the final 3:49 of the game. James has a history of cramping.
He began to cramp up immediately after he hit a layup that cut the Spurs’ lead to two.
“It sucks at this point in time in the season,” James said. “As well as they played, we still had a chance. You know, after I came out of the game, they kind of took off. And it was frustrating sitting out and not be able to help our team.”
James attempted to go back into the game, despite having to be carried to the bench by his teammates, but coach Erik Spoelstra said he wouldn’t allow it.
The Heat training staff gave the team ice bags and cold towels during timeouts. At halftime, James said he changed his jersey and rehydrated as much as he could. He also said he was going to start drinking fluids in preparation for Game 2 on Sunday.